Sheriff: Claverack man charged with rape, assault

Jason Delamater

CHATHAM — A Claverack man has been charged with rape and assault in connection with incidents in the towns of Chatham and Kinderhook, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said.

Jason A. Delamater, 24, was charged with first-degree rape, a felony, for the incident that allegedly occurred in the town of Chatham, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for the incident that allegedly occurred in the town of Kinderhook, according to the sheriff’s office.

Delamater was arraigned before Judge David Dellehunt in Kinderhook Town Court and was released after posting $1,500 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched last Thursday around 4:25 p.m. by Columbia County 911 for a reported assault in progress in a vehicle on the side of the road on County Route 28A in the town of Kinderhook, Bartlett said.

When deputies arrived, they were able to locate the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police accuse Delamater of assaulting a female in the car. The victim said she was also sexually assaulted by Delamater at a separate location prior to the incident in the car, Bartlett said.

The woman was transported by Valatie Rescue Squad to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany for treatment and was later released, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch was able to identify a location in the town of Chatham where the sexual assault allegedly occurred, police said.

Delamater was brought to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, where he was interviewed by investigators and made admissions regarding both assaults, Bartlett said.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by state police and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Investigating for the sheriff’s office was Senior Investigator Kevin Skype, Investigators Kris Bauhoff and William Dunspaugh, and deputies John Sullivan and Travis VanAlstyne.

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